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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-15-2010, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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I'm a new rider, just bought a sweet 09 VStar 950 a couple months ago. I'm right at 1200 miles now, and I have a question about the bike maintenance. The shop I bought it from said something about brining it back in at 1300 miles for a service, however, the manual says the next one after 600 miles is at 4000 miles. I would try to do this myself, but I live in military dorms and I am without a garage. I called the store and asked, and they still confirmed I should bring it in...for some reason I', gettin' the feeling they're jacking me around.
I know very little about bike maintenance, so any help is greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-15-2010, 12:45 PM
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after only 100 miles? Sounds like a scam to me. Did they quote a cost and details on what is going to be "serviced"? Or it's some fine print in the warranty terms.



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Take it back to them. This is a normal service. They will change out your break-in Oil and make all adjustments to the bike. You don't have to be exactly on those miles. 600miles is just average. I have not read on the forums of any bikes that needed the adjustments so you may just change the oil and be just fine too
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My wife's 950 is up for it's first service also and I was quoted a price between $190.00 and $250.00 with labor, parts, and tax. I live in S/E Missouri and this seemed kind of high for just an oil change and a walkaround tightening any loose fasteners. The Svc Manager just said it could be two or three hours of labor at $55.00 an hour. Does this sound normal to anybody. I ride an 09 Vulcan (sorry guys) and my initial service was $150.00 and regular oil changes after that were $80.00.
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For $80.00 (less actually) I do my own oil change and use synthetic oil.

And...that "950 is a girls bike" comment was hardly even noticeable LOL!

In the N.E. the typical labor rate is $75-$80/hr.



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My mistake guys...what I should have said was that I already brought it in for the 600 mile service WHEN I hit the 600 mile mark about a month ago . They told me to have it brought it again around 1300 miles. I'm just wondering if it is necessary to ensure the bike lasts for as long as possible.
I appreciate all the replies so far.

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No I wouldn't take it to them or at lest ask them what for?
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No, Sugar Bear would not @ 1300 if it already had the 600. Being old school also don't believe at all, and don't do what the book says on an 1100 "oil change @4000, then oil and filter @ 8000, NEVER just change oil only w/o filter too, bad advice Sugar Bear figures, always keeping in mind Yamaha sells new cycles Take care of your bike, it will take care of you

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telling you to bring it in at 1300 is ****ing dumb. DO NOT TAKE IT BACK AT 1300 MILES. if you called them and they confirmed it, either they are completely mistaken, you are mistaken, there is some unknown circumstance necessitating this 1300 mile oil change we don't know about, or they are just trying to take your money. i really don't see any other scenario out there. just stick to the manual as Yamaha has directed and your bike will thank you: 4,000 mile oil change, 8,000 mile oil change, etc. and i would recommend taking it to a different shop in the future if they are trying to swindle you.
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I have a 950T and after the 600 mile service, I didn't take it in again untill 4000 miles. And that's what it says to do in the manual.

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